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Published on June 19th, 2014 | by Amber Archangel

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Solar Decathlon 2013 Wins Prestigious NAGC Award (VIDEO)

June 19th, 2014 by  

Originally published on 1Sun4All.

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 won first place in the special events category in the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) Blue Pencil and Gold Screen Awards Competition, reports Solar Decathlon. The award was announced last week during a reception and banquet at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Preview of Documentary, ‘Power Houses,’ About the Solar Decathlon

This entry was flawless—a well-executed and interesting event, and a top-notch overall entry. Very comprehensive and impressive. Congratulations on the coverage, participation, and great metrics. –competition judge Cheryl V. Chambers of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Solar Decathlon 2013 gained the attention of millions through worldwide media coverage and attracted 64,000 visitors, who toured the solar-powered houses and learned about their energy-saving features.

solar-decathlon-2013-opening-The Solar Decathlon 2013 teams cheer ahead of the start of competition at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California | Photo credit: Stefano Paltera U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

The NAGC Blue Pencil and Gold Screen Awards Competition, held in conjunction with the NAGC 2014 Communications School, salutes superior communications efforts of government agencies.

This joins a growing list of awards the Solar Decathlon has received over the past several years. These include:

  • 2013 OC Metro magazine’s Green Team Award
  • Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, 2012 Bright Ideas in Government Award
  • Public Relations Society of America, 2012 Silver Anvil Award, Government Events, More Than Seven Days category
  • PR Daily’s Digital & Social Media 2012 Award for Best Government Social Media program
  • National Building Museum 2010 Honor Award.

Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 is open to the public – FREE of charge – June 28 through July 14 in Versailles, France, located adjacent to the gardens of the Chateau de Versailles. Watch for all of our news from that event.

Fans of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, take note: Solar Decathlon 2015 will be held October 8-18, 2015, at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California. 
 
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  • Wayne Williamson

    That was a really cool video. I wish there was a thousand of these events around the world every year. Just to let everyone see what is possible would be priceless.

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